October 2012

26 October 2012

AM Feeds into Health Board Consultation

Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has fed into Hywel Dda Health Board's "Your Health, Your Future" consultation, responding to a number of the health board's proposals, which include closing the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital.

Commenting on this, Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to feed into our local health board's consultation and state my position on Hywel Dda's reconfiguration plans for the area. I have voiced concerns on a number of issues, most notably, the potential removal of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital. Clinicians have told us how closing this unit could have a harmful effect on the families of unborn babies across Pembrokeshire and it is therefore important that we ensure the health board hears our views loud and clear on this issue."


24 October 2012

Funding Reform: ‘A Positive Step’

Commenting on today's joint UK Government/Welsh Government statement on funding reform, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"Today's announcement is a positive step forward for Wales.

"While it is clear there is much more work to do, this puts Welsh funding on the right track.


23 October 2012

AWEMA: Time to Break the Ministerial Silence

Welsh Conservatives have today repeated calls for the ministerial silence on Awema to be broken 'once and for all'.

The group has joined other opposition parties in tabling an urgent question on the issue and Shadow Minister for Finance, Paul Davies AM, will later ask for guarantees that this kind of funding scandal can never happen again.

The Wales Audit Office report into the Welsh Government's relationship with Awema highlighted weak government performance in the management and coordination of the association's funding.


22 October 2012

Paul backs the fight against Breast Cancer

Paul is pictured taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day.Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day – and wants constituents to join him!

Now in its 10th year, wear it pink, on Friday 26 October 2012 will see supporters from all over the country in schools, colleges and businesses embracing the event's new theme, superheroes. The theme stems from the charity's belief that everybody who joins the fight – from people affected by breast cancer, to Breast Cancer Campaign scientists and all wear it pink participants – is a superhero.


Residents Called to Action as Health Consultation Deadline Approaches

Paul and Stephen Crabb, Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire, are pictured posting their petition and responses to the Hywel Dda Health board’s consultation.Pembrokeshire Politicians, Stephen Crabb MP and Paul Davies AM, have sent out a last reminder to local residents calling on them to respond to the Health board consultation before it closes on Monday 29th October.

Both Stephen and Paul have been actively involved with the campaign to retain key services at Withybush Hospital and launched their own petition following an overwhelming response from the community about the proposed changes to the Special Care Baby Unit at the Hospital.


19 October 2012

Local AM Raises UEFA U-turn in Assembly Chamber

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently raised the UEFA decision not to host matches for the Ladies Under 19s Tournament at Haverfordwest County's New Bridge Meadow Stadium, next year, with the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis AM. Mr Davies asked whether the Minister would lobby the Football Association for Wales and UEFA to reconsider its U-turn, following their previous commitment to host matches at New Bridge Meadow Stadium.


18 October 2012

‘Damning’ Conclusions of AWEMA Report

Commenting on the publication of a Wales Audit Office report on the Welsh Government's relationship with the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association – which highlights, in particular, weak government performance in the management and coordination of AWEMA funding – Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM said:

"This damning report exposes a devil-may-care attitude towards the public purse at the heart of Welsh Government.

"Lazy Labour ministers paid no attention to the glaringly obvious warning signs at Awema.


16 October 2012

Support for NHS Budget Protection

Welsh Conservatives have repeated their calls for further government investment in the NHS following this week's comments by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales.

The organisation has called for the health budget to be protected and - raising fears over the future of the NHS – its director has warned change and commitments, such as free health checks for the over 50s, are currently unaffordable.

The Welsh National Health Service is facing the toughest funding settlement in the UK. If this year's draft budget is passed as it currently stands, almost half a billion pounds will be cut from the NHS – in real terms – by 2015.


11 October 2012

Local AM is "Movin' On Up" at celebration of World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was celebrated at the Senedd earlier this week as the culmination of "Movin' On Up", the summer-long national campaign led by mental health service users and carers and supported by mental health charities Hafal, Bipolar UK and the Mental Health Foundation. Local Assembly Member Paul Davies attended the event along with a large contingent of service users and carers from across Wales, plus key mental health professionals.

Speaking after the event, Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to be a part of the World Mental Health Day celebrations. Mental health admissions have been growing since 2006 and we know that one in ten adults in Wales suffers from a mental illness. Therefore, it is essential that we recognise and prepare for the challenges ahead. The Mental Health (Wales) Measure has finally been implemented which should improve people's experiences and ensure that they can access the support that they need. I now look forward to the Welsh Government's new Mental Health Strategy, "Together for Mental Health" which will be released in due course."


Assembly Member Impressed With “Full of Life Event”

Standing  – Ann Edmunds (Pembrokeshire County Council), Paul Davies AM, Melanie Richards (PCC), Cllr David Howlett, Rachel Gibby (PCC), Cllr David Wildman. Seated David MyattPreseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the "Full of Life and Keep Well Event" held at Letterston Village Hall. The event run by Pembrokeshire 50+ Forum and Keep Well This Winter partnership was very well attended with a packed Hall full of exhibits and demonstrations to interest people.

Paul Davies AM, said "I was delighted to be able to attend this excellent event. It is important that we stay safe, active and healthy as we grow older, and this event had many ideas as to how to do this. It was testimony to the hard work of the organisers that so many exhibitors attended. Everyone I spoke to at the event found the day very informative and interesting. Being able to have electric blankets checked for safety by the Mid and West Wales Fire Service attracted a number of people, and it is very important we all consider the safety of our electrical appliances. I understand that the Dignity Care Seminar, family history talk and Welsh Taster Classes were also very well received."


Paul Davies Once Again Raises Broadband in Assembly Chamber

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently raised the issue of broadband services in the Chamber with both the First Minister and the Finance Minister. Mr Davies asked whether areas that do not receive broadband at present will benefit from the latest broadband investment. He also asked for assurances that people living in "not-spot" areas, which include pockets of Pembrokeshire, would be benefit from the investment.

Mr Davies said, "Whilst I am pleased that the Welsh Government announced earlier this year that £425m will be invested to expand broadband services throughout Wales, it is essential that the needs of those with limited broadband or no broadband at all, will be met and not neglected at the expense of delivering super-fast broadband in other areas. The Welsh Government has told us that they are considering what they can do to assist those in the 4 per cent bracket who will not benefit from this investment."


04 October 2012

AMs Criticise Labour’s Refusal to discuss Neonatal Services in Wales

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have criticised Welsh Labour's refusal to vote on a debate over neonatal care in the National Assembly Chamber. During the debate earlier this week, the Health Minister asked Twitter followers to 'join the debate' on health reconfiguration but refused to take part in the Assembly debate herself. However, despite the refusal of Welsh Labour to engage in the discussion and vote, the motion of the debate was passed.


02 October 2012

NHS Snubbed Again in Draft Budget

Commenting on the publication of today's Draft Budget, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"It's Groundhog Day for our National Health Service. Snubbed again and still facing the toughest funding settlement in the UK.

"Hospital downgrades and closures threaten communities the length and breadth of Wales as a result of Labour's record-breaking cuts.


Home Press Releases